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The Wachowski brothers, who were behind The Matrix, have their new film Cloud Atlas premiering at TIFF and the first trailer has dropped. The flick focuses on characters in different periods of history with each story resonating with the person who discovers their story in the next period. I haven't read the book, written by David Mitchell, that the film is based on, so I don't know if the melodrama showcased in this trailer is a major focus. I hope not, because Tom Hanks plays Tom Hanks, Halle Berry doesn't belong, and while the production design looks incredible, my desire to see this just dropped significantly. This does not look like normal Wachowski fare. The trailer is a low-res 5 minute Chinese cut, but no worries, the official trailer will becoming in the morning.

The film is also directed by Tom Twyker and stars Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, James D'Arcy, and Halle Berry, among others.


A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation -- the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small

and the official synopsis:
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.


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Charles Widmore (6 years ago) Reply

Looks delightfully convoluted, on the order of The Fountain. Can't wait.

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agentorange (6 years ago) Reply

"delightfully convoluted"

Exactly. Looks on the level of The Fountain, Tree of Life, Solaris etc. A grand, timeless tale about the human condition. I'm in.

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sluntchop (6 years ago) Reply

Wow. If this goes the way I hope, this could be a great great film.

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Merzmensch (6 years ago) Reply

I hope, it will be another film for senses as for brain. Also waiting for it.

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Megaton (6 years ago) Reply

Aw man, the future post-apocalyptic parts take place in Hawaii in the book, but that's obviously not Hawaii in those scenes.

But it still looks awesome. Looking forward to re-reading it in time for the movie release.

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Koolz (6 years ago) Reply

Wow That looks Amazing! But I wonder how will the movie move, will it start in the future, go back to the past, etc. How will everything stay together and become a moving story? A lot of people didn't get The Fountain or Tree of Life, though I have to see Tree of Life was better film.

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kdm (6 years ago) Reply

fucking sublime

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Wosiu (6 years ago) Reply

I didnt read the novel, which the film is based on. It could be great in scenario if the future can change now and past, like in Jane Roberts so-called "Seth Material" (aka "Physical Universe as Idea Construction"). If it is about something like karma, could be boring... But that looks well.


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